A.R.T./New York 2015 Spring Benefit | Event Photography

I look forward to the A.R.T./NY gala every year. The evening is full of wonderfully talented and passionate people. A.R.T/NY works tirelessly as a supporter of NYC’s non for profit theatres. They do everything to ensure that Off Broadway always exists and that performers, directors, designers have places to create and work their craft. A.R.T./NY awards grants for funding, provide rehearsal spaces,  and help the emerging voices in theatre.
This year, they honored Lisa Cleff Kurtz and Pam MacKinnon, two very influential women who have dedicated their lives to excellence in theatre.
Lisa received the 2015 Honoree of the Kathy and Howard J. Aibel Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of A.R.T./NY. Lisa Cleff Kurtz has worked all sides in the theatre world as an actor, dancer, writer, casting, producer and investor. She ensures that the talent of the theatre continues by her tireless efforts and her sparkling and engaging personality make her loved by all.
The 2015 Honoree of The Abe L. Blinder award was presented to director, Pam MacKinnon for her work in the nonprofit theatre field. Her successes on Broadway with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Heidi Chronicales” (among many others) have never kept her away from the non profit Off Broadway theatres. We all hung on her every word as she gave a passionate talk on the importance of these small non for profit theatres that are giving artists the opportunities to become great! I could only imagine how captivating she is as a director.
The evening was hosted by Christine Lahti with awesome performances from CAP21 sprinkled throughout the evening.

 

dudes and chicks | Ironsdale Arts Center | 7/31/13

I love when I get to say YES to a last minute call to head out with my camera and capture an event for someone.  I especially love it when that event turns out to be INCREDIBLE.  That is what happened to me this past Wednesday evening.  I wasn’t sure what to expect other than a theatre show and my google searches of the location (google images is awesome!) which showed what could not possibly be the location?  Could it?  Searching for Irondale Arts Center brought up beautiful images of a very old theatre/church looking space.   I was pretty excited and decided to take my 24-70 & 70-200 for best coverage.

The building looked like an old church or school from the outside.  Large and brick and taking up a huge portion of the block in a very cute neighborhood in Brooklyn.  I walked in and up massive stairs to the third floor.  Wow.  It was gorgeous.  Beautiful photographs of shows from the years lined the stairwell and everything had that ‘old theatre’ vibe that makes a theatre person feel instantly at home.  I walked out and found myself gazing at a gorgeous space lined with stained glass windows who’s exterior had been partially covered with ivy making for even more beautiful patterns.  The space was just perfect.  Except for the lil boo boo in the ceiling which caused for one of those last minute staging/seating rearranges that everyone almost expects to happen when putting on a show & Fresh Ground Pepper and their peeps came to put on a show.  Yes sir & ma’am, they certainly did.  dudes & chicks was a collaborative work between about 18 different theatre groups/companies adapting Guys & Dolls.  They created an epic musical that went an hour over and I only noticed that because one of the directors brought me a water and apologized for going past the time I was hired for.  I hadn’t even noticed.  I was so engrossed in what was happening that I didn’t even realize that much time had passed nor did I care.  I would have stayed till the end no matter how long, each group was captivating.  The best night of Singing, Dancing, Theatre, Comedy, Show Choir, Spectacle & wonder I could imagine.   There was blood, whip cream and tears on that stage, it was amazing.   Look for the whip cream explosion kiss.   Each group had the stage for about 10 minutes, each doing their own adaptation to whatever part of the story they had been assigned.

The Fresh Ground Pepper Players

Directed by Karina Martins, Andrew Neisler, Jaclyn Backhaus, Andrew Scoville and Jenny Beth Snyder

Hosted by John Early & $1 dice with Matt Gliva

With:

Miriam Miller, Joel Esher, Joe Hendel, Jordan Hirsch, Eben Hoffer, Jaime Wright, David Bernstein, Tessa Skara, Lynn Andrews, Kim Blanch, Nicole Weiss, Charlene U Next Tuesday, Ellen Maddow, Mark T Evans,  John Kurzynowski, Brandon Anderson, Rob Heller, Michael Ruocco, Taylor Daniels, Michelle Cameron, Alex Rivera,  Anne Wechsler, Annie Tippe, Blake Lowell, Jason Monaco, Jackson Hunt, Eric Diehl, Davi Schoen, Nathan Stanton, Trevor Bachman, Nicole Spiezio, Ashleigh Nicolle Smith, Shana Rachel Leibowitz, Jessi Sweeney,  Kaela Garvin, Sean Daniels, Eric Mercado, Adin Lenahan, Sydney  Matthews, Kaela Garvin, McKenna Dabbs, Jesse Hunter, Cat Crowley,  T. Adamson, Elyssa Mactas, Natalie Peyser, Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld, Nicole Weiss, Kyle Fox,  Trevor Bachman, Alex Goley, Stevi Incredmona, Ebonee Noel, Paul Pontrelli,  Tessa Skara,  Juliet Stron, Lauren McColloch, Carroll Simmons

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SPARC Live Art – MAGIC 6/3/12

Simply put – the SPARC Live Art weekend was magical.  The love and beauty that filled The Carpenter Center in Richmond, VA all weekend was just amazing.   SPARC is an incredible program that gives kids the opportunity to reach for the stars.  I was involved with for a few years when I was kid and their commitment to giving kids a great environment to express themselves and be creative was an inspiration to me when I was growing up.  I switched from the SPARC program to a more intensive Theatre one as I’ve never been one you would want to watch sing or dance.  ha.  But the great peeps at SPARC (yah Jeri) always supported me and my tone deafness and always made me feel like a star….though I’m sure they were a little relieved when I discovered my true calling was through acting and not singing.  ha 🙂

The SPARC Live Art program is a groundbreaking adventure that combines children of all abilities with amazing musicians/artists/dancers and gives them the outlet for full expression creating, well, basically Live Art!  The sounds of The Upper East Side Big Band were a backdrop for the guest artists (Susan Greenbaum, Jesse Harper, Josh Smalls, Robbin Thompson,  Steve Bassett & Marc Langelier) who lead the performers through their incredible artistic endeavors.  The feet painting number …wow.   just wow.

Saturday was a full day of rehearsals & laughter and I had goosebumps the whole time.


Sunday morning started early with a secret rehearsal with Jason Mraz who flew in that morning to combine his talents with the other performers.  

The kids were brought in during the afternoon and squeals and delight filled the room when everyone realized that Jason would be performing with them.

The incredible Erin Thomas-Foley, one gal who makes awesome happen. 

and then the show!  Everyone who was lucky enough to be in the audience knows the amount of love that radiated from the stage….. That love was evident all around the theatre.

The many volunteers that were backstage cleaning feet and organizing trays and hugging and dancing were as beautiful to watch as what was happening on stage.

I will never forget this amazing weekend.  Art and music are incredible and amazing moments come when everyone gets to live them.  Here is to everyone who participated in SPARC Live Art – LOVE & HUGS!!!  Thank you for inviting me to be a part of the magic.

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